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Senator Chris Murphy Visits Wesleyan for Town Hall on Environmental Policy

“At the end of each week, ask yourself: ‘Have I done this much this week as I did during the week of January 20th?'” – Chris Murphy


Last Thursday, February 2, at midnight, I got an email saying that U.S. Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy was coming to hold a meeting on environmental policy on the morning of Saturday, February 4 and that there weren’t that many seats left at this late stage. The town hall was sponsored by the College of the Environment and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. The senator, notable for his Twitter takedowns of Donald Trump, took many questions on everything from general political engagement in these fiery times, to specific measures on the preservation of federal lands, and the precarious nature of environmental data in the Trump administration. He also answered a question on whether he would be considering a Presidential bid for 2020. Read past the jump for more on the town hall:

Exhibition: Clarissa Tossin, “Stereoscopic Vision”

Clarissa Tossin, When two places look alike, 2012–2013, photograph series, 40 x 27 inches

Clarissa Tossin, When two places look alike, 2012–2013, photograph series, 40 x 27 inches

From the CFA:

We see in stereo: each eye registers something different, and the information contained in each is then stitched together in our brains, resulting in a three-dimensional visualization—something more complex, and greater in meaning, than when read as two separate images.

“Stereoscopic Vision,” the Brazilian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Clarissa Tossin‘s first solo exhibition in the Northeast, features key objects in photography, sculpture, and video from several bodies of work to highlight the dualities between natural and manufactured; two and three-dimensions; co-dependent economies; intention and actuality; and the United States and Brazil.

Support for this exhibition provided by Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment and the Department of Art and Art History.

The opening reception for this exhibition is on Tuesday, January 31 at 4:30 PM in the Zilkha Gallery.

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, January 31 through Sunday, March 5
Times Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5 PM
Place: Zilkha Gallery
cfa link

Science Research Opportunities Extravaganza

Research_institute_InspirationInterested in a scientific research project? Looking for summer fellowship opportunities? Not sure how to get there? Attend the Science Research Opportunities Extravaganza!

Saturday, January 23, 2016
1:30-2:00 pm, Student Panel, Exley 150: How do I get into a research lab?
Current research students will give advice on finding a lab.

2:00-4:00 pm, Poster Session, Exley Lobby: Research opportunities in Science Labs
Current research students will show you what you could be doing.

Light refreshments provided.
Sponsored by: College of Integrative Sciences, College of the Environment, Wesleyan Mathematics and Science Scholars, & the McNair Program

Date: Saturday, January 23
Time: 1:30 – 4:00 PM
Place: Exley 150 and Lobby

Wild Walls

WILD WALLSFrom Kate “Katydid” Weiner ’15:

Love to garden? Want to learn more about vertical living walls? Enjoy making things? Wild Walls will be building a large-scale green wall on campus this semester that will incorporate both a vertical garden and herb wall.

We would love your help! If you’d like to join or have any questions/ideas, contact kweiner[at]wesleyan.edu

Contribute to Loam Environmental Arts Magazine

loamFrom the radiant Kate Weiner ’15:

Loam, Wesleyan’s environmental arts magazine, is seeking editors, graphic designers, and artists to contribute to our fall semester publication. Check out the spring 2014 issue here to get a sense of the work we do. We love sharing creative expressions of our relationship with the earth and can’t wait to see your contributions!
If you are interested in working with the loam team, please contact Kate at kweiner (at) wesleyan.edu

Climate Justice Conference of Solutions


The lovely Isabel Stern ’14:

Come join us at the…
Climate Justice Conference of Solutions

Wesleyan University, April 12th, 2014

WHY: Much of the conversation around climate change is dominated by the narrative of “doom-and-gloom.” We believe it is time to focus on solutions in order to move towards climate justice. The focus on the right kinds of solutions from a myriad of perspectives can help put us on the path towards a better future. Rather than continuing to talk about the forms of energy, societies, or policies we don’t want, this will be an opportunity to foster dialogues about the better future we envision.

Much more info after the jump!

Wes JouleBug Sustainability Contest

From Professor Haddad’s Environmental Politics and Democratization seminar (in conjunction with the Sustainability Office) comes this campus-wide energy saving contest! If you participate, you’ll help save energy AND money for financial aid (and maybe win some additional cool prizes):  

Wesleyan is engaging in an exciting collaboration with a new social networking company called JouleBug. JouleBug is an IT company aimed at using social networking technology to help make it fun and easy to develop a culture of sustainability in our community.

The first phase of this collaboration will begin with a campus-wide contest led by Prof. Haddad’s Environmental Politics and Democratization seminar (GOVT/EAST/ENVS 304) in conjunction with the Sustainability Office. The contest will run from Monday Nov. 11th through Sunday November 24th. Teams must be created by midnight on November 10 and can be made up of anyone from the Wesleyan community. Team captains can sign their teams up here. Individuals can also participate without a team just by getting the JouleBug app and using it on campus.

The contest is designed to help our Wesleyan community have fun while also increasing our awareness of everyday sustainability actions we can take. Please note: All residential energy savings generated through our efforts will result in dollar-for-dollar contributions to financial aid (See President Roth’s blog).

(s)lake: Photographs from Tanzania

Erstwhile Wesleyinger Will Wiebe ’14 writes in with the following:

Whether you’re interested in hearing a long-form “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” (now with pictures!), angling to keep up your Halloween sugar rush with an assortment of cookies and beverages, or simply hoping to delay the awkward conversation in which you try to explain your new piercing/fetish/drug of choice after not having seen your parents for two months (I know I certainly am), come out to Zelnick at 4:30pm this Friday for an artist talk and reception.

Date: Friday, November 1st
Zelnick Pavilion

An Interview Six Months Late: WesKids Saving the World in Doha, Qatar

Awesome WesKids doing awesome stuff about an awesome cause in an awesome place. Six months ago.

Pictured: a desert.

In late November 2012, three WesKids, Samantha Santaniello ’13, Sophie Duncan ’13. and Chloe Holden ’15 went with Professor Michael Dorsey to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) in Doha, Qatar (that’s in the Persian Gulf, which is in the Middle East, for the geographically challenged). There they helped Professor Dorsey with his research, kept a pretty informative blog for the College of the Environment, witnessed firsthand the wrangling of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as part of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18), learned a bunch of acronyms, and generally did “a lot of typing.”

Shortly after they returned to Wes, just in time for Fall finals week, I sat down with them to talk about their thoughts on the conference, the future of climate changed, and generally speaking exactly how screwed we all are. Enjoy!


pyrotechnics: I’ve been reading your blog. How successful do you think the conference was?

Sam: It was completely unsuccessful. The only thing that is really being discussed further is loss and damage which is really important for small island states and less developed countries. Loss of coastlines and stuff in Africa. That will hopefully be negotiated at the next conference. But yeah, everything is pretty bleak.

Sophie: It’s hard to say whether such as big conference with so many different goals is successful or unsuccessful. I would say they failed to meet the very low expectations that were set or the achievements they wanted. They failed to create any sort of significant agreement that would be legally binding or include really high-polluting countries like the US or Canada.

Chloe: It wasn’t the goal of this conference to create a legally binding agreement but you could talk to people who walked away from it with very specific agendas, like people who are involved in accountability measures; there was progress in that, in little areas. Overall, in the negotiations as a whole, across recent years, doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

Sam: Obviously the small island states and less developed countries were very important and with their agenda they called for a five-year second commitment period and they ended up with eight because the EU and a lot of the negotiation coalitions with more political clout were able to get what they wanted as opposed to the small island states who really needed it, because this is a huge threat to them.

Recycled Art Competition

Sustainability guru Kate Weiner ’15 wants you to turn trash into rad art:

Got toilet paper rolls?recycled art
Milk cartons? Egg cartons?
Kumbucha bottles?!

Turn your old recyclables into beautiful works of art at the WesSustainability’s first Recycled Art Competition. This event, in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability and the College of the Environment, will be one of the first Earth- related events of Earth Week. At our table by the Wesleyan Farmer’s Market, you will have the opportunity to build sculptures and costumes out of recycled materials. Building tools will be provided, so all you need to bring is your creativity! Finished pieces will be displayed around campus.

We encourage RA’s and HM’s to participate in the competition as a hall/house program.

Though we will provide some collected recyclables, we could always use more. Feel free to save recyclables throughout the week and bring them to the event.

Any questions? Email the Sustainability Interns at Wesustainability(at)gmail(dot)com!

Date: Friday, April 19th
Time: Noon – 5 PM
Place: Usdan Lawn and Huss Courtyard
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